The Graduate Division sponsors a five-year fellowship package for all first-year matriculants to the doctoral program in philosophy, which includes tuition remission, paid health insurance, and a stipend ($25,900 in 2015-16). Summer funding ($4,275 in 2015-16) will also be awarded for three summers.
First and fourth year students have no teaching duties, but it is customary for first year students to help with the departmental library and the colloquium series. Second and third year students serve as teaching fellows. Fifth year students teach during one semester. Continuation of the package beyond the first year assumes good academic progress. Teaching in second and third years normally consists of serving as teaching assistants; teaching in year five usually involves sole-responsibility teaching. Limited competitive fellowships and some teaching assignments are available in the sixth year. The package is adjusted for combined degree programs.
The Department and University support the development of needed skills and provide some funds for Summer research and conference travel. French and German for reading knowledge and intensive Latin and Greek courses are available at Penn during the Summer. The Department can offer limited support for further language training and other research experiences.
For students making conference presentations, the Graduate Division of Arts and Sciences (GDAS) and the Graduate Student Associations Council (GSAC) provide some travel funds. For advanced doctoral students, Summer teaching can provide valuable experience as well as a stipend. Finally, Penn participates in an exchange agreement with the Free Univeristy in Berlin, and doctoral students may apply for a year in Berlin on a competitive basis.